Public Finance Reforms Have Improved Economy – FG
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has said that public finance reforms introduced by his office have improved the management of the country’s economy.
Idris spoke when the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr Aliyu Gambo, and his management team, paid an advocacy visit to his office.
According to him, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has initiated a number of public finance reform initiatives in managing and forecasting of government revenues.
He listed the concerned reforms to include the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, Treasury Single Account and the Integrated Personnel Payroll System.
He said, “The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is the life wire of the economy. We are not a bank or a ministry but we have a strict mandate on financial management of the economy.”
The AGF congratulated the director general of NACA, on his appointment and promised to partner and support the agency in curbing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria.
Gambo explained that the visit was to congratulate the AGF on his reappointment and to get acquainted with him and solicit for deepened collaboration between the agency and his office as it had been in the past.
The situation of HIV in the country had reduced in the past 15 years due to huge national investment, he said.
He noted that the just concluded Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey had given Nigeria the tool to work towards epidemic control based on the credible data generated and which had been accepted worldwide.
He said, “Nigeria can aggressively contain the spread of the epidemic because Nigeria has the capacity and resources to collectively achieve its goal to curb the virus.”
He added that with the right mindset, Nigeria could control the epidemic because the recent survey had shown that the number of infections had drastically reduced to 1.8 billion from 3.5 billion.
According to him, the current figure can still be reduced.